Mental toughness and course management will be key factors in waging fairway battle by elite field of local and foreign parbusters in their quest for top honors in the Philippine Ladies Open Championship 2017, which gets going on today at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club's West Course in Mandaluyong.
Filipino ace shotmakers Yuka Saso and Pauline del Rosario will lead the local team in the annual 54-hole championship organized and conducted by Women's Golf Association of the Philippines (WGAP), which has drawn the participation of top players from Thailand, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and the US.
Saso will boost the local campaign with her scintillating triumph in the Philippine Amateur Golf Championship last Sunday where she beat Korean Hee Ji Kim.
The national skipper and Queen Sirikit Cup veteran also captured the third World Junior Girls championship and led the Philippines to the team crown in Canada last September, reached the semifinals of the 2016 US Women's Amateur and won a pro tournament on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, also last year.
Other locals seeing action in the stroke-play format competition are reigning national champion Harmie Constantino, Abby Arevalo, Bernice Ilas, Mikha Fortuna and Sofia Chabon of TCC, World Junior team member Sofia Legaspi, Mikaela Arroyo, Sam Bruce, Annyka Cayabyab, Bianca Pagdanganan, Diana Araneta and Felicia Medalla.*PNA
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